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Old 01-14-2011, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, but looking for my niche in ME, or OR
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I just checked the crime rates in Calais in our very own City-Data, and it seems extremely high! Comparable to much larger cities or even some metropolis (by % of population). Does anybody know if this is accurate? And if it is, why is it so?
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:16 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Got a reference I HAVE to see this one. Calais is p (I'm too lazy to look myself) Probably one of the safest towns in the state. Not like they have many breakins or MS13 or any other such things.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Sunrise County ~Maine
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I didn't realize that either, and I see the local paper with all it's polic reports, nothing to "big" ever made me think it was high.
How did you find this ?
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:06 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I've never said "Calais" and "Crime" in the same sentence before. Did Peachie and Mollysmiles start a gang or something? That should give "Maine Writer" some interesting source material.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, but looking for my niche in ME, or OR
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I didn't realize that either, and I see the local paper with all it's polic reports, nothing to "big" ever made me think it was high.
How did you find this ?
I was quite surprised myself! Take a look:

Sperlings:

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and compare it to LA:
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CITY-DATA:

//www.city-data.com/city/Calais-Maine.html

I took with a grain of salt... But had to ask you guys.

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Old 01-14-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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It's all stats and should be taken with a grain of salt. And then some. We had a big discussion about this stuff last year on here. Small populations get higher crime (or any other stat) rates than larger places like LA, NYC, Atlanta. If Calais had 1 bicycle theft last year and then 3 this year then, whoa, crime is way up. I wouldn't even accept it with a grain of salt, pepper or any other spice.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I've never said "Calais" and "Crime" in the same sentence before. Did Peachie and Mollysmiles start a gang or something? That should give "Maine Writer" some interesting source material.
Please! Someone send me a tip! I've been waiting to write a story about that gang but I never catch them in the act! With names like Mollysmiles and Peachie they must be hardcore criminals.

What kind of crime are you concerned about in Calais?
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, but looking for my niche in ME, or OR
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Please! Someone send me a tip! I've been waiting to write a story about that gang but I never catch them in the act! With names like Mollysmiles and Peachie they must be hardcore criminals.

What kind of crime are you concerned about in Calais?
Well, I was just checking the area out and this came up, and I quote from Sperlings"

"Calais, ME, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 8. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 4.Calais, ME, property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 7. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 4."


I thought either there's something going on there or this info is false. Anyway, I thought to clarify with you guys...
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Seasonal domestic violence ratcheted by cabin fever.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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I just checked the crime rates in Calais in our very own City-Data, and it seems extremely high! Comparable to much larger cities or even some metropolis (by % of population). Does anybody know if this is accurate? And if it is, why is it so?
I've been researching moving to Maine for years.

And I keep getting anecdotal reports of a high rate of burglaries in much of Maine.

What I'm hearing comes from too many different sources for their not to be some truth to it.

The same is not true for other crimes in Maine--in all these years I have heard little about violent crimes in most of Maine, so I've no doubt the most of Maine is very safe when it comes to violent crimes.

But burglaries and theft are another matter.
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